Another school record falls
Published: Thursday, May 9th, 2013
This may sound like a broken record. Mostly because it is one.
In what has become a weekly occurrence for the Custer High School track team, another school record fell. This time the new school record came via the feet of Cody Herman, who set the new mark in the 3200 with a time of 9:44.18, good enough to place him third in the event at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays last weekend in Sioux Falls. Herman eclipsed the old record of 9:45.8 that was shared by Mitch Paulsen (1973) and Tre Ventling (1989).
Herman’s new record was one of several strong showings at the Dakota Relays, which sees teams of all class sizes from around the state and region compete in one of the premiere meets of the spring.
The Custer 3200 relay team was victorious at the meet, as Chase Glazier, Israel Parsons, Brennan Witt and Logan Huntington combined to post a time of 8:21.40. The medley relay team of Glazier, Cody Martinz, Clayton Wahlstrom and Joel Thomsen was third at 3:43.39.
Wahlstrom picked up an individual finish as well, placing fourth in the pole vault by topping 12-9. Jared Thomsen finished fifth in the 300 hurdles at a time of 41.22.
The girls picked up a pair of relay places at the same meet, led by the team of Moe Mack, Julianne Thomsen, Sam McNeel and Tori Glazier winning the medley relay at a time of 4:22.92. The 3200 team of Glazier, Thomsen, Matti Kelley and Tori Dahlstrom was third at 10:02.19.
While some of the Wildcats were in Sioux Falls for the weekend, other team members were in Lead for the Mountain West Invitational held Saturday.
Paul Climenti was the lone boys team member to pick up a first place finish, as he won the shot put with a throw of 46-2 1/2. Climenti also placed fourth in the discus with a toss of 121-2. Chris Pinkerton picked up a second place finish in the 1600 with a time of 5:02.69.
Adam Baker had a well-rounded day at the meet, placing second in the long jump with a leap of 18-8, second in the triple jump at 40-3 and third in the high jump by clearing 5-8.
The boys team placed three in the pole vault, as Sam Mertz and David Sigdestad tied for third by each clearing 10 feet, while Dylan Severyn finished in sixth place by clearing 9-6.
Other individual places for Custer came from Chance Dooley, who finished fourth in the 3200 at 11:21.81, Matt Dvorak, fifth in the 800 at 2:13.37 and Pinkerton sixth in the 800 at 2:18.22.
In the relays, the 1600 team of David Gaston, Mertz, Sigdestad and Dvorak placed first at 3:58.82, while the 200 team of Gaston, Severyn, Erik Hiltunen and Graysen Trandem was second at 4:02.52. Rounding out the boys relays was the sixth place finishing 800 team of Gaston, Severyn, Sigdestad and Anthony Jones at 1:42.92.
St. Thomas More won the boys team title at the meet with 139 points. Custer finished in second place with 81 points.
On the girls side, Jazmin Hitschew was the only girl to place, as she ran the 1600 in a time of 5:51.28, good for second place. The medley relay team of Sydney Snyder, Rheann Larson, Mesa Goebel and Lisa Lovoll finished sixth at a time of 5:01.55.
The St. Thomas More girls won the team title with 146 points. Hill City finished second with 80 points.
On April 30, the Wildcats hosted the Custer Invitational, made up from its original date of April 19, which was postponed because of snow.
Six different Wildcats picked up first place finishes for the boys. Thomsen continued his hurdles mastery by winning both the 110 and 300 hurdles in times of 15.20 and 40.13, respectively. Logan Burns won the 1600 at a time of 4:50.38, while Logan Heuer won the shot put with a throw of 47-3 1/2 and Angelo Climenti won the discus with a toss of 133-1. Glazier was victorious in the 800 with a state-qualifying time of 2:01.69, and rounding out the first place finishes was Wahlstrom in the pole vault with a best height of 13-0.
The Wildcats picked up three second place finishes, with two coming in the throws. Brandon Erwin was second in the shot put with a throw of 46-4, while Heuer was second in the discus at 132-5 1/2. Also placing second was Patrick Witt in the 3200 at a time of 10:59.85.
Coming in third for the Wildcats was Parsons in the 800 at 2:04.89 and Angelo Climenti in the shot put at 45-2 1/2. Custer’s three fourth place finishes came from Dooley in the 3200 with a time of 11:14.66, Dakota McGee in the high jump at 5-10 and Blake Frybarger in the pole vault at 10-6.
Other individual places for Custer came from Joel Thomsen (fifth in the 110 hurdles, sixth in the 300 hurdles), Baker (sixth in the long jump, sixth in the triple jump) and Paul Climenti (sixth in the shot put).
As usual, the Wildcat relay teams did well, led by the 1600 team of Martinz, Wahlstrom and the Thomsen brothers placing first at 3:36.53. The 3200 team of Trandem, Dvorak, Pinkerton and Shane Herman was second at 8:50.50, while the same four placed fifth in the 1600 relay at 3:46.33. The 800 relay team of Martinz, Hiltunen, David Gaston and Kenneth Myers was fifth at 1:38.19.
The Custer girls were led by the usual tandem of Mack and McNeel, with Mack winning the high jump at 5-1, and McNeel placing first in the long jump at 15-8 3/4, fourth in the 100 with a time of 13.52 and sixth in the 300 hurdles at 50.28. Tori Glazier also picked up a first place finish in the 800 with a time of 2:22.51.
Other individual places for the girls came from Kelley, second in the 3200 at 12:52.78; Hitschew, third in the same event at 13:04.11, Julianne Thomsen, fifth in the 300 hurdles at 50.26 and Manon Overdijk fifth in the pole vault with a best height of 7-0.
Five relay teams placed for the girls. The 3200 team of Destinee Fish, Tia Goebel, Hitschew and Kelley was first at 10:41.20, and the medley team of Mack, Wicks, Fish and Dahlstrom was second, as was the 1600 team of Mack, Thomsen, McNeel and Billie Wicks. Also placing was the team of Nykyla Malinosky, Larsen, Ally Hass and Goebel (fifth in the 1600) and Thomsen, Snyder, Larsen and Malinosky (sixth in the 800).
The team will head to Hot Springs this weekend for the Black Hills Conference meet, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday the team will be back in Rapid City to make up a meet that was also postponed because of weather.
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